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Top Ten Thursday; NHL Hockey

NHL power rankings heading into Week 2 of the season.

10. Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1-0) Previous Rank: 9

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: Pittsburgh, St. Louis

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: Detroit, New Jersey
Nikita Kucherov has been on fire lately as he has 10 points (7 goals and 3 assists) through 6 games.

 

9. Las Vegas Golden Knights (4-1-0) Previous Rank: N/A

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: Boston, Buffalo

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days:Detroit
James Neal has scored 6 goals this season which has helped spark the Golden Knights which has lead to an impressive start to the season.

 

8. Colorado Avalanche (4-2-0) Previous Rank: N/A

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: Boston, Anaheim

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: Dallas, Nashville
The Avalanche are allowing 2.17 goals against this season. They certainly are proving that they are better than last season.

 

7. Columbus Blue Jackets (4-1-0) Previous Rank: 6

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: New York, Winnipeg, Minnesota

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: N/A
The offense found its spark behind Sonny Milano ( 4 goals) and Artemi Panarin (6 assists) as they are currently riding a three game win streak.

 

6. St. Louis Blues (4-2-0) Previous Rank: 5

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: Chicago

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: Florida, Tampa Bay
The Blues were dealing with injuries before they won four consecutive games before hitting a rough patch against the Panthers and Lightning

 

5. Calgary Flames (4-2-0) Previous Rank: 10

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: L.A. Kings, Vancover

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: Ottowa
Gaudreau has had a strong start to the season has he has eight points in six games. The goalies have stepped it up as Mike Smith has saved .929 percent of goals.

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-1) Previous Rank: 7

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: Washington, Florida, New York Rangers

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: Tampa Bay
They had a rough start to the season as they were allowing almost 5 goals a game. Crosby has been able to pick up the slack as he has scored 3 goals on the season so far. Bryan Rust has also assisted on 7 goals this season.

3. Washington Capitals (3-2-1) Previous Rank: 2

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: New Jersey,

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Toronto
The offense has been solid with Backstrom, Kuznetsov, and Ovechkin holding the top scoring spots in the league. But with Matt Niskanen being placed on IR they will have trouble with defense

2. Maple Leafs (4-1-0) Previous Rank: 4

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: Montreal, Washington, Detroit

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: New Jersey
The Maple Leafs are scoring more than 5 goals per game and they are also leading the league in face-off percentage.

 

1.Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-1) Previous Rank: 1

Teams Beat Last 7 Days: Nashille

Teams Lost To Last 7 Days: Minnesota, St. Louis
The Blackhawks are fourth in goals per game and third in goals allowed.

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